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Mr. Kevan Jones: From a total of 11 medical officers currently serving at the field hospital in Iraq on OP TELIC, five are members of the reserve forces. At the field hospital in Afghanistan on OP HERRICK, three, from a current total of 15 medical officers, are reservists.
13. Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest assessment is of the armed forces' performance against their military objectives in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: UK and other ISAF troops are making tangible progress in Afghanistan. In Helmand, all the major towns are now under the Government of Afghanistan's control and the insurgents can no longer rest easy in their traditional heartlands. But Afghanistan's problems cannot be solved by military means alone and nor will they be solved quickly. Significant security challenges remain and we are working with the Afghan Government also to improve governance, economic development and the rule of law.
Centred on the Type 45 Destroyers, the Astute class submarines, the Future Aircraft Carriers and the Future Surface Combatant, it is providing industry with a strong order book which will continue well into the next decade and beyond.
19. Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on preparations for the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. 
Mr. Hutton: I have regular discussions with the Foreign Secretary on a range of issues, including non-proliferation. Our respective Departments continue to work closely together, and with international partners, to ensure that the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference will be a success.
We laid out the Government's decisions on the nuclear deterrent in the December 2006 White Paper, The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent, which the House voted to support, by a large majority, in March 2007. We expect to reach the Initial Gate approval point for the programme to replace
the Vanguard-class submarines in autumn 2009. This will signify the end of the concept phase. We are also participating in a programme to extend the life of the Trident II D5 missile until around 2042.
22. David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the ATLAS consortium's performance against objectives in implementing the Defence Information Infrastructure; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: The performance of the ATLAS consortium is continually assessed by the DII Programme's governing bodies. The most recent assessment is that performance remains satisfactory against the objectives of the programme.
Specifically, just beyond the 31 January 2009 milestone set for the end of the first increment, 62,800 terminals will have been delivered. This increases confidence in achieving the next milestone of 100,000 terminals to be delivered by the end of December 2009. In addition over half of the MOD population currently have DII Future (DII(F)) accounts and a capability to process secret data is now in place allowing the programme to roll DII(F) into the five major headquarters of the MOD, Royal Navy, RAF, Army and Permanent Joint Headquarters.
ATLAS is also on track to deliver a deployed and top secret capability within planned timescales and financial estimates for the on-contract programme remain within 3 per cent. of the original estimates.
Mr. Hutton: The overall security situation in Iraq continues to improve, with violence remaining down at levels last seen in 2003. This was demonstrated by the recent provincial elections, which passed with just one reported security incident in Basra, where Iraqi security forces are maintaining the significant security gains achieved over the course of 2008.
Mr. Kevan Jones: Since the start of coalition operations in Afghanistan in October 2001, 175 British service personnel have been very seriously or seriously injured. 165 of these individuals incurred their injuries since January 2006.
Mr. Hutton: We deeply regret any incidents where civilians are killed as a result of actions by international forces. Procedures are in place, and being constantly updated in the light of experience, both to minimise the risk of these casualties occurring and to investigate any incidents that do happen. In addition troops undergo comprehensive individual and collective training before they go on operations. Significant resources and effort are put into understanding properly the operational environment, including details of the civilian population who wherever possible are warned of impending operations.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1016W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, when he expects the review to be completed. 
Mr. Hutton: In Afghanistan, white phosphorus munitions are routinely used to protect troops on operations by producing a smoke screen to provide cover. Records show white phosphorus munitions were last used for the same purpose in Iraq in 2005.
In accordance with the UN third convention on conventional weapons, UK training in the use of white phosphorus emphasises that it should be used solely for its intended purpose and not as an anti-personnel weapon.
BERRs Export Control Organisation only has information on licences issued, not actual exports. 67 licences have been issued since March 1999 for munitions that, like white phosphorous munitions, are designed to create illumination or act as an incendiary. Because the export licence application form does not require the exporter to provide the chemical composition of munitions to be exported, it is not possible to say how manyif anyof those 67 related to the export of white phosphorous
Mr. Kevan Jones: Pathogen inactivation (PI) is a process designed to eliminate pathogensi.e. viruses, bacteria and fungifrom water, air or donated blood. The majority of the blood held in-theatre by the Defence Medical Services is supplied by the UK National Blood Services (NBS), which does not routinely carry out PI on its blood products. However, the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTOa Department of Health NDPB) will be reviewing options to reduce the risk of bacterial infection in platelets, including pathogen inactivation, in early 2009, which will inform decisions on its use in the UK. It would be premature of MOD to pre-empt the results of this review.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of personnel in each pinch point trade in the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force exceeded harmony guidelines for tour intervals in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As I stated in my answer on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1521W, it is not possible to identify the tour intervals for individual service personnel who are considered to be in pinch point trades. The Joint Personnel Administration system is designed to identify where individual harmony guidelines, as a whole, are being broken rather than the intervals between tours.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the incidence of substance misuse amongst members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: MOD monitors regularly the incidence of substance misuse in the armed forces. The services have robust policies and procedures in relation to the taking of unlawful drugs, as well as a comprehensive range of measures for raising awareness of and dealing with alcohol abuse. The evidence is that the level of taking unlawful drugs by service personnel is far below that of their civilian counterparts.
Willie Rennie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1264W, on departmental housing, how many houses owned by his Department were rated as grade (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007. 
My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question on 27 January 2009 , Official Report, column 305W about grades of Service Family Accommodation.
The following breakdown of Service Family Accommodation properties worldwide by each Grade for Charge (GfC) at 1 April 2005, 2006, and 2007 respectively.
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